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Clooney Restaurant

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33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-358 1702
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership...
Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and Chef Desmond Harris. Chef Harris' cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. Clooney's dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.
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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious food in an interesting urban setting

My husband and I have had the privilege of dining at Clooneys a couple of times......privilege being that it was at someone else's expense as its certainly up there in price........the food and service really were exceptional BUT have my doubts as to the setting. Its quite dark and almost broody... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have had the privilege of dining at Clooneys a couple of times......privilege being that it was at someone else's expense as its certainly up there in price........the food and service really were exceptional BUT have my doubts as to the setting. Its quite dark and almost broody if not especially busy (which it was not when... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Amazing service, amazing food. The atmosphere was also perfect as we celebrated my birthday, just the two of us. Can't wait for another excuse to go back!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

August is restaurant month in Auckland. It is a good time to try different restaurant in Auckland CBD. Clooney is one of those. This year they have a special 5 course tasting menu for restaurant month. The food is delicious, excellent service. The 5 course menu turn out to be 8 courses (with 2 extra starter and 1 refreshment), which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Even on a Tuesday the restaurant was lively, the dark setting creates a moody intimate atmosphere. 3 courses ordered by 6 of us took 3 hours total with no dilly dallying on our behalf so you must go there with plenty of time. We were constantly surprised throughout the night with complementary tidbits bought over by the waitstaff. Every item... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Clooney to celebrate my son's birthday last night. The restaurant decor and fit out is clever and classy - right from the moment we walked in we felt we were in a very special and cosy place - comfortable seating arranged in a circular booth and chair combo setting with floor to ceiling transparent... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The actual restaurant itself is complete luxury with leather booths and moody lighting topped off with some cool string curtain dividers. Hubby and I got to sit next to each each in a booth rather than opposite each other at a table which was a nice touch for our special night out. The food was AMAZING! The service was outstanding.... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The food is exciting and innovative but at the same time guest friendly and intelligent. We had a 7 course degustation menu which really took us on a culinary journey and ended up being more like 9 or 10 courses. Yes we spent a bit of money but Knowing what it costs to give good service, serve on beautiful plates,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We arrived on time but the table wasn't ready yet so we were taken to the bar to wait. The bartender put the drinks on our bill which was great and the table was ready in 10 mins. The 5 course degustation was incredible. We weren't quite sure what was a course and what wasn't though, there were many more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

$80 for two course and not a single wine below $15, that makes it more expensive than my 3 Michelin starred lunch at Alain Ducasse's restaurant at the Dorchester in London the other day. Is it as good at that? No, not even close. The decor is getting a bit passe (it was cool a decade ago but the 'industrial... More 

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Clooney R, Owner at Clooney Restaurant, responded to this review

I feel it is inappropriate to throw inaccurate prices comparisons between restaurants when they are unsubstantiated & far from the truth. Below is pricing of 2 of Alain Ducasse's restaurants & Clooney. I believe there is no comparison and there is value in NZ restaurant prices. RESTAURANT le MEURICE ALAIN DUCASSE PARIS COLLECTION MENU - 6 Course Summer 2015 380€... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food is unreal, the atmosphere is very sensual with the fringed curtains around the booths. Staff are amazing too. My favourite restaurant in Auckland.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-358 1702

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 110

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Located in the heart of Auckland's Freeman's Bay, Clooney is a partnership between restaurateur Tony Stewart and Chef Desmond Harris. Chef Harris' cuisine melds the tradition of classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. Clooney's dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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